The Steering Group
The Go Forth project is run by the Steering Group; made up by enthusiastic volunteers from local and national organisations with a presence in Stirling. They are united in their view that a business improvement district is the right initiative to bring together and strengthen the various organisations and businesses who operate in the city centre.
Peter’s experience running Stirling’s only department store and managing his large team brings an invaluable set of disciplines to the BID steering group. His diligence and methodical approach help drive the campaign forward without losing momentum.
‘Working for Debenhams allows me to compare Stirling against other cities I visit. It’s clear to me that our city has lots of potential for growth and success in the future.’
Andrew’s 15 years accountancy experience both within the practice environment and industry has allowed him to start a number of businesses within the Stirling area. As a local resident he is passionate about the city’s future and determined to help Stirling grow and become more successful for the residents, visitors and businesses.
‘Stirling’s geographical location is its best asset, I believe the city can and will grow, and attract lots of inward investment.’
Phil took over as Thistles centre director this year, looking after 180000 visitors per week and over 80 stores. Phil’s attention to detail and focus on visitor experience allows him to give the steering group a unique perspective on the whole retail environment in Stirling City centre.
‘A city centre shopping centre can only thrive with a vibrant city outside it’s doors. We have a clear opportunity to help make Stirling a real destination for shopping and leisure.
Tony is the group’s IT adviser. He started Stirling Internet 22 years ago and has supported local businesses with their IT needs ever since. He shares his technology insight with the group and has setup all the communication tools used. Tony is contracted to Go Forth's as the Campaign Manager, he is responsible for all project management.
‘As a graduate from Stirling University and local resident I am passionate that the city goes from strength to strength. If Stirling votes for a Business Improvement District it will be a positive step and I believe it will make a real difference.’
Alan and his partner Helen took over Crema in Murray Place in December 2013, prior to this Alan was a senior manager at manufacturer Dolby Laboratories. His career at Dolby was an innovative one, involving ‘outside the box’ thinking on a daily basis. Alan brings this methodology to the steering group and is an excellent contributor.
‘We operate the largest independent cafe in the city and we need Stirling to be a success, that’s why I’m backing the BID!’
David offers creative advice to the group. His experience working with SMEs over the past 20 years has given him a unique perspective for problem solving. He is coordinating the group’s marketing and created the Go Forth brand. David is contracted by Go Forth to provide marketing and campaign strategy.
‘I live and work in Stirling and think the city has massive potential. A first class university and excellent transport links attract people and businesses to the city, the addition of a BID will help accelerate this process. It’s a really positive step!’
Cammy owns the successful mens clothes shop Trend. His understanding of the city centre, the challenges and opportunities faced by independents make his involvement on the steering group very valuable.
‘We’ve created a great mix of retail and online sales but we still think Stirling can improve. We moved from King street because of changes in the area; new one way street and the closure The Thistle entrance. We only became aware of these changes by being active in the BID Steering Group.’
David chairs Stirling City Heritage Trust which aims to preserve and restore Stirling’s traditional built heritage. He is also vice-chair of Stirling District Tourism Ltd, which is responsible for the National Wallace Monument. David is an excellent advisor to the group on all things relating to Stirling’s heritage and tourism market.
‘I’m passionate about Stirling’s history but I want it to have a successful future too. Creating an organisation for businesses to come together will help protect and promote Stirling.’
A Business Improvement District is truly effective when more people get involved. If you think you could add value to the Steering Group and help campaign for a BID in Stirling City Centre then get in touch! The more expertise around the table the better, what would your quote be?
‘Have your opinion out there and campaign for something you believe in. Help make Stirling City centre a better place to visit, live and work in.’